First of all, head coach Mike D'Antoni tinkered with rotations and minutes from the moment he took over the big chair on the bench. Was Pau Gasol a starter or not? Did the Lakers want to speed it up or slow things down? And what about guard play? Was Kobe Bryant a scorer or facilitator? With every passing game, it seemed like D'Antoni instituted a different plan. As a result of that inconsistency—which was born of impatience, and maybe a little bit of fear—the Lakers floundered around without an identity for months. When Phil Jackson was with the Lakers, they had more team chemistry and they were not confused about what to do. They all knew what the lineup was going to be, who they would be in the game with, and what style of play was going to be used.
In order to improve the Lakers’ chemistry, they should give players a longer contract. When they signed Dwight Howard, Devin Ebanks, Darius Morris, Earl Clark, and Antawn Jamison, they only signed them for a year. This season, they signed Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson, Chris Kaman, Robert Sacre (re-sign), and Nick Young all for one year. If they give players longer contracts, they will get a greater bond and have more chemistry. For example, the Miami Heat has such a great team with chemistry because they have been together for so long. Even though they brought in new players, they still had a bond unlike the Lakers.
By giving players a friendly environment, they would function more effectively as a team. For example, the Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel provides a friendly welcoming environment to his team especially the new ones.
If the Lakers don’t fix this chemistry problem quickly, they might end up not being in the playoffs and will have to rebuild from the ground up again. Like I said, in order to fix their chemistry problems, they need to bring back Phil Jackson, give players a longer contract, and give the players a friendly environment.